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A Detroit burlesque revival in historic Black Bottom

“I like the challenge to be innovative,” says Rachel McCollough, the Detroit-born burlesque artist who produced “Noir Night,” an all-Black female cast cabaret show this past Sunday evening. “I want to produce something that no one has ever thought of. I like to be cocky, later on, like ‘nobody thought of that.’ I love the attention. I like the verification that people want to be on board and love.” McCollou ...

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Melvin Davis: Music, life, politics all about participation

You might think a gentleman in his 70s, after writing over 600 songs, would have pretty much said all he had to say. But if that gentleman happens to be Detroit soul legend Melvin Davis, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The musician/singer/songwriter/dancer/entrepreneur has a lot of knowledge to share and it comes straight from his heart. “Sincerity always works,” Davis told the Michigan Citizen, “be ...

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Winans brings the gospel to the symphony

Pastor Marvin Winans, founder of The Perfecting Church in Detroit, is a renowned gospel singer. Now the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is giving him a marquee opportunity to show off his broad range of vocal talent. In a program titled “Classical Roots” March 7 at the CSO, Winans will perform gospel classics along with works written by Verdi and the pastor himself. ...

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West Virginia miners’ struggles still relevant today

GeorgeSantayana famously said, “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Although the privatization of Detroit’s school system and public assets, growing wealthy inequality and the rapacious extraction of resources wreaking havoc on the environment and public health may seem like new problems for our times, David Alan Corbin’s 2011 book, “Gun Thugs, Rednecks and Radicals,” proves our cur ...

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Detroiters get first chance to hear new compositions by Black composers

Writing cutting-edge new music is hard enough, but assembling a whole orchestra of qualified musicians to play it while it is being composed is near impossible. Fortunately, a new partnership between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and EarShot (the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Netwrok) is giving four emerging African American composers an opportunity to develop their newest works with an orchestr ...

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Detroit teens get show in N’Namdi gallery, win money

Twelve local high school students recently won the 2014 “McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas” art contest. First, second and third-place winners of the contest won $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively, in addition to having their work shown in an internationally acclaimed gallery of contemporary art. The nine remaining finalists each received a $125 Visa gift card. In a press statement, o ...

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Spike Lee ‘goes off’ on gentrification

This week, Filmmaker Spike Lee offered a rant on gentrification, according to New York Magazine. For Detroiters, experiencing gentrification, the comments are timely. Speaking Tuesday night in his hometown of Brooklyn, blocks away from his company headquarters and his father’s apartment, Spike Lee goes off. “Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why d ...

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Detroit dinner goes wild!

Detroit is earning a reputation for great dining. Water cooler debates compare downtown’s Roast with Southwest Detroit’s El Barzon. Slow’s BBQ has gotten international attention. Some even say friendships and political alliances are made or lost depending on which coney island, American or Lafayette, one stumbles into after a long night. But none of those Detroit favorites offer stir-fried snapping turtle, ...

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The Bottom Line

After two years of operation, the Bottom Line Cafe has established itself as a Midtown option for coffee and tea drinkers, as well as a creative space for local artists. Located in the basement of the Beethoven Apartments, this growing Black-owned coffee shop is tucked in the Cass Corridor area at Third and Prentis. Since opening in July 2012, Kyle Harris and his parents Al and Pat serve the fast-paced life ...

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ICP confronts the FBI in court

Metro Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse has made national headlines in recent months, not for their controversial comic book horror lyrics or popular television series, but for challenging the FBI, which has labeled ICP fans a criminal gang. The case brings light to the subjective way the FBI designates gang affiliation. In 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation shocked the music world by designating ...

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